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IAAR-SLATE holds first research symposium for undergraduates

The event hosted ten undergraduate students who have conducted research on race, racism and racial equity. “I hope it opens up new questions that audience members might ask, new resources that they have to answer those questions," Faculty Director for Research for IAAR-SLATE Reneé Alexander Craft said. "I'm hoping that it deepens and enriches the dialogue that we have about race, racism and racial equity on UNC campus and beyond.”

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Participants of UNC Musical Empowerment's outdoor senior recital pictured last year in the Gene Stroud Community Rose Garden. Photo by Alex Berenfeld.

UNC Musical Empowerment continues free music lessons for children, even online

Musical Empowerment's UNC chapter breaks down financial barriers to music lessons and instrument access for K-12 students, and continued provided lessons — online — during the pandemic. Involved students value the opportunity to share their love for music and be mentors. “I really like being able to use what I've learned about guitar and teach younger people to have an interest in music,” mentor Isabel Morris said. 

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(From left to right) Political committee member Daniel Kang, President Anna Hattle and Senior Advisor Jessie Huang of the Asian American Student Association prepare to address the members of the organization in Bingham Hall on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Looking back at 30 years of the Asian American Students Association

Amid the challenges of a virtual school year and COVID-19 last year, one of UNC’s first Asian-interest organizations — now called the Asian American Students Association (AASA) — remained strong. “The idea of having an Asian American community – it was something that I hadn’t grown up with before,” AASA president Katrina Jagadeesan said. “After meeting a couple of the members and getting to know them and participating, that was something I was missing in my life.”

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Senior Lissie Rivera is UNC's First-Generation Student Association (FGSA) President. FGSA works to "establish a sense of community on campus; there’s so many different identities that first-generation students have in addition to being first-gens” according to Rivera.

'Something to be celebrated': First-Generation Student Association creates community and support

The First-Generation Student Association at UNC aims to create a community that celebrates the difficulties and successes associated with being a first-generation student.  To help first-generation students transition to college life, FGSA hosts a variety of social and professional development events.  On Sept. 15, FGSA will be hosting an event called “Advocating for Yourself as a First-Gen,” where they will discuss email etiquette, how to be heard outside of the classroom and how to ask for recommendation letters.

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Ramona Denby-Brinson, dean of the UNC School of Social Work, poses for a portrait at the SSW on Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2021. Denby-Brinson's appointment was approved on Aug. 5, making her the first Black woman to lead the school.

New dean of School of Social Work hopes to increase innovation and diversity

Ramona Denby-Brinson is the first Black woman to serve as dean of the UNC School of Social Work. She came to UNC from a position as a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Ohio State University College of Social Work. Denby-Brinson said she sees this opportunity as a way to use the UNC's strengths to tackle current social problems, specifically COVID-19, racism, social injustice and inequalities.

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"It's been that way since the very beginning," says Geeta Kapur of the systemic racism at UNC. Kapur poses for a portrait at the Old Well with her new book, “To Drink from the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at the Nation’s Oldest University," on Tuesday, Sep 7., 2021.

To Drink from the Well: UNC alumna writes book on University history and systemic racism

Written by civil rights lawyer and UNC alumna Geeta N. Kapur, "To Drink from the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at the Nation’s Oldest Public University" is scheduled to release for Sept. 21. The book is a product of 11 years of research and is the first to provide a comprehensive look at the University's history of systemic racism from 1776.  Kapur discussed the book at an event at Flyleaf Books on Sept. 2. 

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